Salma Hayek remembers how she got the role of a snake-dancing stripper vampire in the Quentin Tarantino-penned, Robert Rodriguez-directed 1996 thriller From Dusk Till Dawn, which turns 25 on Tuesday. But she doesn’t remember all that much about the actual filming. Hayek said at multiple points during a 2017 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment that her memories of shooting the scene were blurry because she had gone “on trance” due to some serious ophidiophobia.

“Quentin told me, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re dancing with a snake.’ I said, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t do that. It’s my greatest fear,’” Hayek recalled (watch above). To prod the actress, Tarantino claimed that Madonna was interested in the role, and that she would have no problem being wrapped in a python.

“He said, well, Madonna will do it, I already talked to her, and she’s willing to dance with the snake.”

Hayek eventually agreed to it.

“It was good because I had to overcome my greatest fear. I had to go on trance to do the dance… And there was no choreography. It was improvised. Because you can’t choreograph a snake, we don’t know what she’s going to do!”

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